The pause in the Ukraine war is not Putin’s victory


16 September 2014

​​The tragic battles around Donetsk and Luhansk (collectively known as the Donbas region) have taken a pause, and as civilians try to rebuild a semblance of normal life, leaders are figuring out how to now move forward.

Pavel Baev, Research Director and Professor at PRIO, writes of the situation in the Ukraine, and Russian relations with the West in the PRIO blog post.

"In his first 100 days, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has shown the ability to absorb hard blows, but now he needs to find both resolve to rebuild confidence in his shell-shocked country and caution to avoid a full-blown war with Russia. It is, however, Russian President Vladimir Putin who is finding himself in an impossible and entirely self-made jam."

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